NCP engineering released new versions of its Windows-compatible IPsec VPN client suite and hybrid IPsec / SSL VPN gateway.
NCP’s VPN client suite and gateway now come equipped with support for elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) to safeguard VPN connections. Public-key cryptography based on ECC currently offer both higher security and better performance compared to RSA. ECC is supported for certificate-based authentication using PKCS#12, PKCS#11 (e.g. TCOS 3.0 V2 SmartCards) and CSP (CNG).
To further boost remote access performance, the NCP Secure Enterprise VPN Server offers optimized multi-processor support. Beta customers that tested this functionality have doubled throughput and seen CPU utilization decrease by 5 percent on average.
IT administrators can centrally manage the NCP Secure Enterprise Clients with NCP’s remote access management system, and prioritize employees’ connections when remote access to the corporate network is at maximum capacity.
- The NCP Secure Enterprise Client removes all complexity for IT administrators as well as end users. Every access point to the Internet becomes a secure point of entry into the organization’s network. All security settings and configurations, such as firewall settings, device compatibility, connection negotiations or policy requirements, are handled automatically.
- Version 9.32 of the IPsec VPN client suite is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1 and is optimized for IKEv2 policy configuration. Plus, in locations with poor wireless reception, even though it may look like a connection is established, NCP’s technology checks to ensure that data is actually transferred across the tunnel.
- The NCP Secure Enterprise Server supports both the IPsec and SSL protocols to meet enterprises’ unique requirements, and its modular software architecture and high scalability provides flexibility in setting up a remote access network. The hybrid VPN gateway can sustain more than 10,000 concurrent connections, offers high availability to maintain network performance and can be a multi-tenant solution. Version 8.11 is compatible with Windows Server 2012, offers IPv6 connectivity and features a new graphical user interface.
- The NCP Secure Enterprise Server also now contains a virtual network interface adapter, which is particularly important for cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) provider environments. It can completely seal off data communication from the gateway operator and surrounding operating systems, and better protect it by decrypting the data, automatically forwarding it into a different VPN tunnel and re-encrypting it.